How do you setup a Vista machine to access a printer setup as a shared printer on an XP computer

Posted on 2008-02-01
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I have a user with Vista professional home version that wants to print to another printer on our network.  The printer they want to connect to is a shared printer on an XP computer.  The PC with the comuter is on the network, part of our domain, but the person trying to access the printer is not part of the domain. I tried several different setups on the Vista machine, ie tried different settings on the add printer.  I was able to attach this user to an HP stand alone printer but havn't been able to connect with the shared printer.
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Mark Damen earned 750 total points
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How have you tried to connect?

I would try it by going to Start, Run, \\compuetname\printer and see if that works.  It will prompt you for credentials to use to connect to the computer which is sharing the printer.  Ensure you provide relevant credentials.

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by:Michael Worsham
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Thanks for you hint on what to to.  I used the IP address rather then the qualified PC name and Printer share name.  This worked with Win 2K and Win XP but not Vista.  Problem solved

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Thanks you got the right answer.  I was using the IP address to setup a new printer but Vista doesn't like that.  Win 2K and XP will accept it but Vist won't.

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